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245.2 sec. 1 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Charles Denton  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 08, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49724

Course Description for Civil Trial Practice:

This course focuses upon the courtroom application of evidentiary rules and principles. Students will prepare and present opening statements, direct and cross examination, documentary and demonstrative evidence, and closing arguments. The format will be hands-on and participatory, and the emphasis will be on learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory. All performances will be videotaped and the course will culminate in a half-day jury trial.

Enrollment will be determined at the first class meeting. Therefore, all students interested in enrollment should be present at the first class.

Instructor Biography:

Charles Denton has been an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender for more than 28 years. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. Mr. Denton has litigated thousands of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case -- from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and one of the state’s leading experts on criminal law and procedure. He is the co-author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions (Knowles Publishing) and one of the original authors of California Continuing Education of the Bar's Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice and California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. His articles, practice guides and case law reviews are also highly acclaimed and widely published. He is on the Board of Governors for the California Public Defender’s Association. This is Mr. Denton's 16th year teaching at Boalt Hall.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Evidentiary Foundations
    Edward J. Imwinkelreid
    Edition: latest edition
    Publisher: lexis
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Trial Techniques
    Thomas Mauet
    Edition: latest edition
    Publisher: Aspen
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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